FINAL SCORE: New York Rangers – 5 Edmonton Oilers – 0
FIRST PERIOD: The New York Rangers went into this game looking for a good start to this game after losing the first game of their four game western road trip. The most noteworthy thing for the Rangers to start this game was that Daniel Carcillo was not a healthy scratch, and he was actually on the first line with Derek Stepan and Rick Nash. The play for the most part went back and forth with the first shot on goal not being registered until four minutes had gone by in the period. The Rangers got their first power play of the game a little over six minutes into the game but were unable to capitalize on the kill. After both teams missed glorious opportunities the Rangers finally broke open the scoring. Mats Zuccarello tipped in a shot from Anton Stralman to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead. Shortly after that, Dominic Moore scored a goal that was immediately called off by the referee claiming “goalie interference”. As the period came to its end Cam Talbot stopped all three shots he faced, Ben Scrivens stopped seven of eight.
SECOND PERIOD: Coming into the second period the Rangers immediately pushed the pace. Drawing a penalty and sending themselves to the power play with not even three minutes gone by in the frame. As the power play wound down and it seemed as if the Rangers would waste another power play Derick Brassard scored with just two seconds remaining on the man advantage and just like that the Rangers led 2-0. The Rangers bench then took a too many men penalty that Carcillo was sent to serve which was killed off by the Rangers, after the power play ended the first line found its way into Edmonton’s defensive zone and Nash banked it off Scrivens and into the net to give the Rangers a 3-0 lead.The Rangers then took another penalty towards the end of the period, and Nash came through and scored a short-handed goal, his second goal of the game and increased the lead to 4-0. After tearing down the flood gates this period, the shots for the period were even at 13 and were 21-16 at the end of the second period and the Rangers led 4-0.
THIRD PERIOD: The Rangers spent this entire period trying to get Martin St. Louis his first goal as a member of the club, and while I agree it’s admirable it’s unncessary, St. Louis should not be the team’s charity case and should have found the back of the net by now, but I’ll save that argument for later. Two minutes after the start of the period, Raphael Diaz took a tripping penalty and sent the Rangers to the penalty kill. However, Mats Zuccarello scored his second goal of the night and the team’s second shorthanded goal of the night to make the lead 5-0 nothing. After a series of minor penalties, a Dan Carcillo fight, multiple attempts to get Nash or Zuccarello a hat trick, or St. Louis a goal at all, the period and the game came to it’s end. The Rangers won 5-0 in Edmonton, Talbot registered his third shutout of his career and season, stopping 26 Edmonton shots, the Rangers tallied 32 shots on goal. Derek Stepan ended the game with three assists, passed a career high record in points, and has continued his streak of spectacular play after the Olympics in Sochi.
Well Rangers fans, that was the game! See you on Tuesday Night against the Vancouver Canucks at 10pm ET!